Hong Kong SPCA Changes Leaders
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2003:
HONG KONG–Scots-born veterinarian Pauline Taylor is acting
executive director of the Hong Kong SPCA, following the March 14
resignation of Chris Hanselman at the request, Hanselman said, of
the executive committee.
Previously assistant director, Taylor has done extensive
rural veterinary outreach on the Chinese mainland.
Hanselman, a former financial crimes investigator for the Hong Kong
police, and co-holder of a world record for endurance on a two-man
rowing machine, engineered the HK/SPCA plan to achieve no-kill
animal control in Hong Kong, following the San Francisco model of
dropping animal control work to focus on dog and cat sterilization.
“Chris’ departure had nothing to do with the no-kill
initiative, and will make no difference to our efforts to make Hong
Kong the City of Life,” Asia Animal Protection Network founder John
Wedderburn, M.D., told ANIMAL PEOPLE.
Hanselman was also a cofounder of the Asia for Animals
conference series. The first Asia for Animals conference was held in
Manila in 2001. The second was to open in Hong Kong on May 7–but on
March 27 the HK/SPCA cancelled it amid a regional panic over Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome, a flu-like disease diagnosed in 1,323
people worldwide between February 1 and March 26, 316 of them in
Hong Kong and 792 in adjacent Guangdong province, China.